AKRON, Ohio– Behind the arm of Monica Abbott and exceptional offense, the Bandits blanked the Akron Racers, 8-0 in the nightcap of a doubleheader in Akron Saturday night. The win nearly completed a sweep of the Racers with one game yet to be completed after Friday’s game was postponed due to weather.
Monica Abbott threw her fifth shutout and improved to 5-1 on the season. She allowed just three hits while striking out 13.
Akron’s pitcher Lisa Norris faced off against Abbott in the circle for a showdown of veterans. The Racers and Bandits mirrored each other in the first inning, both failing to get on the board. Jessica Garcia made a sound catch in the outfield to keep the Bandits scoreless, and Abbott struck out the side to set the pace for Chicago.
The Bandits were able to crack the scoreboard in the third after Alisa Goler doubled and Nerissa Myers hit her first career homerun, giving the Bandits a 2-0 edge. Abbott kept the Racers at bay in the bottom half of the inning, striking out the side for the second time.
The Bandits plated three more runs in the sixth after Vicky Galindo doubled and later scored off Kimi Pohlman’s single. Kristen Butler was called upon to pinch hit and delivered, hitting her second homerun of the season and tacking on two more Chicago runs.
The Bandit’s powerful offense proved to be too much as the Racers were forced to make a pitching change, calling upon Rachele Fico in the top of the sixth.
Despite holding a 5-0 lead, the Bandits did not relax in the seventh, plating three more runs off three hits. Tammy Williams and Amber Patton hit back-to-back singles and Galindo reached on a fielder’s choice, scoring Williams. Brittany Cervantes would then walk to load the bases and Kazuki Watanabe’s single scored two more as the Bandits took an 8-0 lead.
The Chicago Bandits return home, Wednesday, July 3rd to kick off a four-game series against the NY/NJ Comets.